Gilbert and the Wolf Pack Conquer Paris-Roubaix

As of late, there’s been some rumblings that the Deceuninck Quick-Step Wolf Pack had lost a step. Despite early season dominance, they nozzed up Flanders and found themselves in a bit of a trough. But that was erased as Philippe Gilbert powered through to win his 5th monument, quench a bit of an early season Belgian drought and re-establish DQS as the dominant force in springtime cycling. Gilbert outmanned Nils Politt, who nearly survived the Werner Herzog jinx, as the two entered the velodrome alone, with Yves Lampaert following up the duo for a podium. Sep Vanmarcke was 4th, ahead of a Peter Sagan that looked utterly gassed by the finish. Nils Politt and Philippe Gilbert were clearly the two strongest riders in the peloton today. No clear breakaway made it early on, with a small group of Casper Pedersen, Mads Wurtz Schmidt and Jurgen Roelandts getting as much as ...

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